The procedures carried out by Peru to be able to export Hass avocado to Japan, which started over five years ago, could be completed in the next four months, as announced by the head of the National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA), Jorge Barrenechea.
“We are about to finish the work plan with Japan, which will conclude in a public hearing; thus, we expect the issue to be resolved by April (2015). That entails that by mid-2015, in the worst case scenario, the Japanese market will be open to our Hass avocados,” he said.
He reported that, by 2015, the procedures with China for the entry of the same avocado variety will also be completed.
To this we must add that SENASA is already about to open the Korean market for mangoes.
Likewise, for next year, it is expected that Brazil will grant access to Peruvian citrus and flowers, to which end SENASA is working with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Brazilian Embassy in Lima.
Barrenechea pointed out that, in 2015, it is also expected that the United States will improve access for mangoes and citrus from Peru.
“In this case, we want the U.S. to authorise the entry of large mangoes, of over 650 grams, as this country currently imposes restrictions on mangoes lighter than 650 grams,” he stated.
In the case of citrus, SENASA seeks to increase the number of areas in Peru authorised to export to the U.S. market.
Citrus are only exported from Piura, Lambayeque, Lima, Ica and Junín. The goal is for Arequipa, La Libertad and Ancash to also be authorised.
SENASA to OCEX
Furthermore, to strengthen the promotion for the access of more Peruvian products to international markets, the head of SENASA announced that the Government will finish a project in January intended to ensure the presence of agricultural agents in Peru’s business offices overseas (OCEX).
SENASA will designate staff specialised in resolving sanitary and phytosanitary issues with the goal of speeding up the procedures for access to the country’s products.